In September 1995 my activist manifesto ‘Agenda of the Agresiv Dislecksick’ was published in DAIL (Disability Arts in London) magazine. At the time of its publication, dyslexia was seen as a childhood disease that made you bad at reading and writing. I rejected almost all of society’s interpretations of what it meant to be dyslexic, instead building upon the position that he was very, very, good at being dyslexic.
Despite being in a special educational dyslexia unit from the age of 9, the severity of my dyslexia meant that I left school at 16 being almost completely illiterate. I graduated from art college aged 21 and by the time I wrote ‘Agenda of the Agresiv Dislecksick’ at 25, I had come to the conclusion that acceptance and celebration was the only way I would be able to continue to live my life without eroding my very being at every twist and turn in my day-to-day experience of the text heavy society we live in.
And it was from this position that I wrote ‘Agenda of the Agresiv Dislecksick’. The aggression is not about anger, it is more about the fact that when you sit outside of the normal experience, simple day-to-day activities can be an extraordinary act of will that almost no one will notice is taking place.